In a ceremony organised at the House of Commons to observe the 5th death anniversary of slain Christian Minister
Shahbaz Bhatti, British Pakistani Christian leaders stressed that Pakistani minorities be given equal rights. The leaders pointed out that Quaid-e-Azam in his speech on August 11, 1947 declared that all citizens of Pakistan would be equal and no citizen would be considered superior to other on the basis of colour, race, or religion.
The ceremony organised by All Parties Parliament Group for Pakistani Minorities also highlighted the services of the assassinated Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Chairman of the group, Jim Shenon said that Shahbaz Bhatti worked a lot for the Pakistani Christians.
Other Christian leaders including John Bosco (Pakistan Minorities Rights Organisation Information Secretary), Mrs.
David Shamin (Social Activist) Asif Mall (Pakistan Minorities Rights Organisation Chairman), Wilson Chaudhry (British Pakistani Christian Association Chairman) and others addressed the audience and spoke about the rights of Christians and other minorities living in Pakistan.
The leaders said that Shahbaz Bhatti had received threats from the terrorists, but still continued his work. They also criticised the Pakistani government for failing to provide Bhatti with the necessary protection.
These Christian leaders also pointed out that Bhatti had assigned a 5% quota system for minorities for jobs in public sector but the system was not applicable as yet and minorities were unable to gain benefit from the law.
Issues like forced conversions were also touched. Talking about the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, members of the group reminded that Christians of the sub-continent had given the final vote in favour of Pakistan that made the establishment of Pakistan possible. They emphasized upon the need of creating a Pakistan that Quaid-e-Azam had envisioned.